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Saturday, 13 July 2013

William the Conqueror coin discovered near Gloucester by Taynton Metal Detecting Club

A TINY coin dating from the time of William the Conqueror and of ‘major historical importance’ has been found near Gloucester.

The silver penny was struck in Gloucester in 1080 and 900 years later, it was found in nearby Highnam by Maureen Jones, a member of Taynton Metal Detecting Club based in Taynton near Burford.

William had strong connections with Gloucester, holding his Christmas Court there every year.

The discovery plugs an historical gap and proves that the Gloucester Mint was kept operational throughout his reign.

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